Etude Chardonnay Grace Benoist Ranch Carneros 2015
ETUDE!! Single-vineyard Chardonnay! 90 points! Founded in 1982 by the legendary Tony Soter (he has also consulted for the likes of Dalla Valle, Spottswoode, Shafer, Araujo, Viader and so many more rock stars), Etude is a classic for rock-solid, delicious, and, when you are hip to Last Bottle, occasionally face-meltingly priced -- like today!
Everyone, of course, needs a few cases of chardonnay around the house at any given time. You know, for drinking. And for just about everything else that goes on at your house -- you need chardonnay. Etude’s terrific Benoist Ranch bottling in Carneros (priced like we have it) is PERFECT. Made in a non-heavy/fresh and zippy style (as opposed to really rich and oaky), this way-too-easy-to-guzzle wine is all about fresh stone fruits, apples and pears, with lip-smacking acidity and pure, clean flavors. We loved it -- there’s a case sitting in my office as I type this…!
Pretty hard to go wrong today! We bought every single little bottle we could find...while they last!
Technical DetailsCountry: US
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard: Grace Benoist Ranch estate
Winemaker: Jon Priest
Aging/Cooperage: The fruit for our Carneros Estate Chardonnay was harvested at night and gently whole-cluster pressed before being transferred to neutral French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was bottled after 11 months of maturation, with a weekly stirring of the lees for the initial two months of aging to enhance aromatics and increase mid-palate texture. Our Chardonnay is crafted to showcase the unique terroir of Grace Benoist Ranch and did not go through malolactic fermentation in order to capture the natural acidity and beauty of cool-climate Carneros Chardonnay.
Harvest Date: August 3, 2015
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